Probably the easiest and cheapest way to filter your drinking water is through the use of a water filter pitcher. To use you just simply fill up the reservoir and wait for the water to be filtered into the pitcher. You can simply store it in the fridge so you have cold, clean water for your to use whenever you need.
So what makes up the best water filter pitcher? You should look for one that is the most effective at removing contaminants or that remove specific contaminants that you do not want to consume. Most contain a carbon filter, but some offer multiple stages of filtration or just plain work better than others. This should result in clean, good tasting H2O.
You also should be aware of how long the filters last and how much replacement filters cost. Over the life of the pitcher you will spend much more on the filters than the initial cost of the unit.
One of the common complaints for this type of filtration system is that it can take between 10 and 30 minutes for gravity to pull the water from the upper reservoir through the filter and into the storage tank. So make sure you always fill it up when you pour some liquid out.
Below we review the top 5 best water filter pitchers. At the bottom of these water pitcher filter reviews we also have a comparison chart so you can easily check one versus another.
The Aquagear filter was tested in Flint, Michigan for lead and copper reduction. In fact it meets and exceeds NSF Stadards 42 and 53 for contaminant reduction. This filter removes between 90 and 99.9% of most contaminants including flouride, lead, chromium 6, mercury, arsenic, chlorine, and over 50 VOCs more. It does all that, yet does not strip out healthy trace minerals like calcium and magnesium in your water. Unfortunately, there is no indicator to tell you when the filter needs to be replaced.
The Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher is also backed up by a lifetime guarantee – they will replace your filter pitcher if it ever breaks. Overall it is a bit more expensive than some other brands per gallon of water filtered, but the filter can last a long time while being superior to most others in filtering capability. If you are searching for a water filter pitcher to remove flouride then this is the one for you.
The Brita Longlast Filter is the cheapest filter that removes lead in terms of price per gallon of water filtered at just $0.12 per gallon. A replacement filter will cost around $14 and will last for 120 gallons of water or about 6 months.
This filter is certified by wqa to reduce 99% of lead, chlorine, cadmium, mercury, benzene, asbestos, and more. A helpful status indicator on the pitcher notifies you wneh the filter needs to be replaced.
The Brita 36395 Monterey Water Filter Pitcher is a perfect choice for anyone who wants a good filter with a cheap overall cost for its life.
The biggest problem with the Clear2o model is the way it is filled at the faucet. It requires an adapter that fits on standard faucets, but it does not work with newer style kitchen sprayer-type faucets. A quick-connect hose is then connected and is used to actually fill the pitcher, however it is also very short and does not work for many people. We recommend the Clear2o CWX100B Quick Connect Hose Extender to make it more convenient to fill up. The advantage of this system, however, is that it takes much less time to filter since it uses water pressure to force it through the filter.
The biggest downside to the ZeroWater is that the replacement filters are the most expensive per gallon of water filtered. The ZR-006 replacement filter only lasts for 15 gallons and costs about $10 each or $40 for a 4-pack. Over the life of your pitcher it will cost you a significantly more than any other water filtering pitcher on this list.
You should consider buying the ZeroWater ZR-0810G 8 Cup Round Pitcher if you simply want the best ability to filter regardless of price.
The Waterdrop Extream is made from BPA-free shatter-proof Tritan. It has a fast 0.5 GPM flow rate which means you get 10 cups of clean water in just one minute. It also has an electronic filter reminder when the filter needs replaced.
If you know your water supply does not contain lead or other heavy metals, then the Waterdrop Extream 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher is a great choice for you due to its cheap lifetime cost.
Best Water Filter Pitcher Comparison Chart
|Water Filter Pitcher||Rating||Best Price||Capacity||Filter Life||Replacement
| Cost Per
(H x W x D)
|Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher||9.3||$69.95||8 cups||150 gallons||Aquagear Pitcher Replacement Water Filter||$49.95||$0.33||No||Yes||10.8″ x 10.8″ x 5.5″|
|Brita 36395 Monterey Water Filter Pitcher||9.2||$39.99||10 cups||120 gallons||Brita Longlast Filter||$14.00||$0.12||Electronic||Yes||11″ x 6.1″ x 10.9″|
|Clear2o CWS100 Water Filter Pitcher||9.1||$31.91||9 cups||50 gallons||CWF503||$10||$0.20||Electronic||Yes||10″ x 4.8″ x 10.2″|
|ZeroWater ZR-0810G 8 Cup Round Pitcher||9.1||$21.99||8 cups||15 gallons||ZR-006||$10||$0.67||No – TDS Detector||Yes||10.25″ x 6.5″ x 8.5″|
|Waterdrop Extream 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher||8.9||$27.99||10 cups||200 gallons||WD-PF-01A||$10||$0.05||Electronic||No||10.6″ x 4.5″ x 10.8″|